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How does language ‘become’?

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Ann Hamilton's floor of 11 languages at the Seattle Public Library. image cc: flickr.com/photos/peterkaminski

Saussure states that language is social, and that community is essential in the creation of language. This being the case, what forces and mechanisms are in place to make a society of individuals accept and understand languages and changes in language? What power structures exist that shape the development of language? Following Saussure’s idea of language (and by extension meaning) being something community-sourced, do we run the risk of not properly considering corporate and political forces that are shaping its evolution?

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This entry was posted on September 21, 2011 by in writings and tagged , , , .

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I've created this site to document and share research and activities related to my Masters of Arts program. It's partially a blog, partially a journal, partially whatever you want it to be. Feel free to have a good look around at what I'm reading, seeing, writing and thinking about. I'd love to see/hear your comments.

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